The Footsteps of Christ

\The Footsteps of Christ in 2020 St. Michael & All Angels.

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

Opening Prayer

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

1st Station – Jesus is condemned to death.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves”. (Matt 27; 24)

Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent of the charges brought against him, and tried to free him. But Pilate's heart was divided between the life of a man he believed innocent yet barely knew, and that of his own standing and self-interest. Pilate takes the route of self preservation, washes his hands of responsibility and condemns Jesus to death. Jesus is sentenced to die by crucifixion a criminal’s death.

Only hours earlier in Gethsemane Jesus accepted without reservation all that His Father asked of Him. “My Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” (Matt 26; 39)

All. Lord Jesus, you were innocent, yet consented to suffer for me. I am Pilate's every time I fail to do what is right, allow injustice to happen, or blame others for my own failures. I am guilty; bring me to acknowledge my sins and accept your forgiveness.

Time of quiet.   Lord, have mercy.

We sing; Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom x 2.

 

 

2nd Station – Jesus receives his cross.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The prayer of Gethsemane becomes reality as Jesus’ hands lift the tree of Golgotha. The weight of the trunk cuts into his beaten and bruised body. As he lifts the cross, Jesus accepts his calling and upon his heart carries the sins of the world.

All.  Lord Jesus, out of love for me you took up your cross and bore my sins. Forgive me, Lord, when my selfishness has burdened others, and grant me the strength to face the trials of my calling as a Christian, so that I am always ready to take up my cross and follow you.

 

Time of quiet.  Lord, have mercy.

 We sing; Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom x 2.